SMALL businesses in Thurrock are set to benefit from a pipeline of construction work, as part of a strategic effort to boost the borough’s economic development.
More than a dozen companies, covering a variety of building trades, attended a Social Value and Meet the Buyer event at South Essex College for the opportunity to work with Thurrock Council and its affordable housing contractor, Wates Living Space, on a range of housing regeneration projects.
Attendees were also urged to use the work opportunities with the Council and its partners to improve the employment and training prospects for local people. Organisations including the Prince’s Trust and Construction Youth Trust were on hand during the event to provide best practice advice and guidance on ways in which companies can help contribute to the borough’s economic prosperity.
Wates Living Space used its presence at the event to expand its local supply chain as part of its role in the Council’s Transforming Homes housing maintenance programme. Main contractors including Keepmoat, Mulalley and Mears were also present.
Kathryn Adedeji, Head of Housing, Investment and Development and Corporate Commercial Services from Thurrock Council, commented: “It is our utmost priority to ensure that projects such as our Transforming Homes housing refurbishment programme result in a lasting economic and social impact in the borough. Thanks to strategic partnerships with contractors like Wates, we are able to drive forward our social value agenda and ensure it has a tangible impact on Thurrock’s businesses and people.”
David Morgan, Managing Director of Wates Living Space South Maintenance, added: “It is a privilege to support Thurrock Council in its efforts to build a sustainable and successful economy. Our two organisations share a common goal – to go beyond the physical aspects of building and use construction projects to create employment and training opportunities for local businesses and residents and stimulate the wider economic development of the areas in which we work. Utilising a local supply chain plays a huge part in helping us achieve this and this event proved extremely useful in enabling us to build upon our network of reliable subcontractors and suppliers in Thurrock.”